#1025: A Horse Ate My Steering Wheel

Original Air Date: 06.19.2010

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This week on Car Talk, Anne in Texas learns one of the hazards of marriage to a rodeo cowboy, when a horse decides to make her Mazda's steering wheel its lunch. Is she in line for a whole new steering pod, or just a few dozen rolls of duct tape? Also, disappearing oil means a disappearing bank balance for Jayne in Ohio; the adventurous (and cheap) way to deal with an inaccurate gas gauge; and a mechanic offers to make an engine run forever--by adding a tachometer?! All this, plus another round of Stump the Chumps, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

What did Jethro know that enabled him to tell on the TV monitor, when a driver had pulled up to the pump with the fuel door facing the wrong way?

Last Week's Puzzler

Take the number 4 and use it five times to come up with the number 54. What's the equation? Find out!

Show Open Topic

What happens when God sends an angel to earth. Tommy shares an especially lame joke.

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Show Review - 1232

by Anonymous

Bogus Gas Gauge Advice

by Mark Holm

Yo, Tom & Ray, Haven't you ever heard of miles per gallon? The lady with the broken gas gauge sender needed only to do a little arithmetic, not drive till she ran out of gas. Here's how it works: 1. Fill the tank, using automatic shut off. Zero Trip odometer. 2. Drive till you get nervous. 3. Fill the tank again, using automatic shutoff. Write down miles. Divide by gallons. Zero trip odometer again. 4. Look up tank capacity in owners manual. Subtract 2 or 3. Multiply by mpg. 5. Drive until trip odometer says this number. 6. Fill tank. Reset trip odometer. 7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you get a new car.

Favorite Moment: The guy in marriage counseling. How's he going to tell his wife her father's sage advice is bogus, on her birthday, when they are already having marital difficulties? That's a no win scenario if ever I heard one!

good show - secret contact information

by whymanhowcome

The ridiculous tangents bring laughter that lightens my mood every time. Sometimes a real solution is even suggested. I am trying to merge some of that lightheartedness into my daily conversations. I believe most of us take ourselves too seriously.

We was gypped

by Jim Van Dyne

We pledged funding for Cartalk but are getting rehashed re-runs. Anne from Wimberly's call was from years ago and the "new" puzzler is also a re-run. These rehashed clips have been spliced together with other calls to fill up the show.

Subject: location of sending units!

by Anonymous

I work on 1930's cars, and we run across the same issues with the old cars, where the sending unit is located on the top of the gas tank, and in order to get at it you must remove the entire tank just like the Ray & Tom were saying about the 1999 Subaru. However last week I found a clever exception to this common practice of hiding the sending unit. So if you have some extra change and want a nice looking car one might consider the 1933 Chrysler imperial. The gas tank is located in the rear with duel chrome gas caps; one on the left & one on the right. However the cap on the right is a dummy cap that covers the sending unit so if there is a problem you don't have to drop the tank. You think they might have gotten a bit further since the 1930's just saying.

Tach for VW

by MarkNel

The speedometers on the older bugs (such as a 63 (or was it a 62?) have little markings (1, 11, 111) which correspond very good with the actual orange line for the engine. That and the engine noise in these cars makes a tach redundant. Haven't even been in one for 30 years, but 50s VWs were my gateway to the automotive world.

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